One thing is for certain when it comes to being an expecting mom – fashion choices are limited. Unless you can afford the big prices, buying clothes that make you feel supported AND fashionable is often difficult. I’ve been lucky enough at times to find great job lots on Ebay, but it’s hit or miss whether those items will do the trick.
What’s even more difficult, though, is when your fashion needs clash with your medical needs. Case in point – compression stockings! I’ve written a lot about my own difficult pregnancies, and because of our recent scare about a pulmonary embolism, I have been told I need to wear compression socks. If you’re not familiar, basically – they apply graduated pressure to your legs to help improve circulation, prevent swelling, and relieve pain. But if I’m really honest – they ain’t exactly pretty.
So when I was contacted by the good folks at Bright Life Go (a booming website that specializes in medical compression and has been around for over 10 years) and found out they have just launched this new fashion-oriented compression website, I was keen to try out a couple of their products for myself.
Preggers is a line that is made specifically for expecting moms. After having a look through them, I was really excited to try out their Sockwell Women’s Compression Calf Sleeve and their Maternity Support Leggings.
I absolutely LOVED the calf sleeves. I didn’t want to get real socks because I have a history of very sweaty feet, so I wanted something cute that I could wear with my boots OR with sandals. These fit the bill perfectly. I’ve been wearing them A LOT, and when I last saw my doctor, she was really pleased about how much less swollen my legs and feet were.
Plus, they just look really cute. Even barefoot they are kind of adorable.
The support leggings I was LESS enthusiastic about, if I’m honest. They were excellent functionally, but I think when I chose the color, I wasn’t really thinking straight. Since I already had several pair of darker leggings, I went with a lighter shade (Papyrus). When I’d worn them for a day, I started realizing that it actually made my legs look almost zombie-like. It is too close to a skin tone for my tastes.
But as far as the actual compression went, they were fab. I felt supported and that was wonderful. I also loved that they were footless and held my bump very securely. Again, it’s all about personal comfort, and I felt they were lovely. There was a tiny bit of bunching around my knees that made me feel at times like an old lady, but a gentle tug now and then sorted it out.
All in all, I really am very happy with these products, and I would definitely recommend them to any expecting mom who might need them. Being fashionable when pregnant is hard enough, but having good quality products at a great price definitely helps. If you want to know more about how compression hosiery can help expecting moms, please read all about it here.
**Please note: I was sent the products to review for free, but I was asked to be completely honest and to share my thoughts on them. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.